This is the most beautiful picture I think I have ever seen. If you’re a longtime, hardcore Korn fan like me, you’ll get it. If not, I can’t even tell you. Just…it’s been a long seven years without him, and I think the first step has been taken to him finally coming back home.
The emotion on Jonathan Davis’s face just kills me. That does it, I have GOT to write this rock star book burning in my brain. :)
Like, I’ve seriously never been so hot in my entire life, and I’ve been to summer festivals before. We got a late start, and didn’t arrive until 5:00 p.m. So I missed my shot at seeing In This Moment (*sob*) but my utmost respect goes to those guys who were out there having to perform in that heat. They’re made of sturdier stuff than I, because my first mission after picking up my meet and greet pass was to find a shady spot and sit down before I ended up at the first aid tent within the first half hour of being there. So the heat ruined what could have been a really good time. If only it could have been cloudy. Damn you, Dallas sun! I sweated off three pounds over this ordeal.
But I was able to go back to the tour buses and attend the meet and greet with Korn, and they were all awesome enough to brave the fires of hell to hang out with us for a few minutes. Jonathan Davis signed my “Alone I Play” DVD/CD set–seeming rather impressed that I had it, which made my entire year, really.
That was absolutely the best part of the day to me. Their performance was fabulous as always, and it was well worth the sweltering misery of the day. Once the sun went down, it became somewhat tolerable, and I was able to enjoy myself a little more. Though I was really wishing, when Jonathan hit the audience with the water hose, that some of it would reach us.
Now it’s back to reality with a bang, as my toddler was running fever when we picked her up from her granny’s the morning after, and we’ve been battling that all weekend. Also, this is the last week of summer vacation, and there are 1.3 million things to do before school starts next Monday. I haven’t even bought the first of the school supplies. Argh! Mom fail. Can I run away again? :-)
It won’t take any guesswork to know where I’ll be a week from today. The hubby and I will be making the three-hour drive to Dallas for the Mayhem Festival, and I’m counting the days. It’ll be my 13th time seeing the almighty Korn (thirteenth show on Friday the 13th…I expect GREAT things)! I’ll be armed with a meet and greet pass and I’m not afraid to use it. :-) Let’s just hope all the guys show up and everyone is in a jovial mood. Assuming he blesses us with his presence, it’ll be my third time meeting Jonathan Davis and I’m debating giving him a signed copy of Unleashed for, you know, being such an enormous inspiration to me and all. Who else sings/whispers/roars to me when I’m up late writing through the wee hours? :-) But I know I won’t be able to work up the nerve. If Rock Me were in print already, it would make more sense to give him that one. There’s a Korn concert in that book, after all, and I specifically pay homage to the DJ sets Jon sometimes does at local clubs after a Korn show. Oh well, we’ll see how it goes.
I’m looking forward to the other bands, too. Rob Zombie we’ve seen twice, and we LOVE him–both his music and, yes, his crazy-as-hell movies. I’ve never seen Lamb of God or Five Finger Death Punch, and it’ll be awesome to catch those guys live too. Another band I’m going to be on the lookout for is In This Moment. I’m hooked on their song “The Promise,” and I can’t wait to see Maria Brink in action. Badass women in metal for the win.
It’s going to be a great time, even if it’s going to look, feel and sound like hell on earth (we’re having lovely 100+ degree temps in my neck of the woods–I don’t know how those guys do it. I’d collapse onstage). I’ll never forget attending one of these festivals a few years back…Atreyu had just taken the stage when the skies opened up in a HUGE freaking downpour, prompting a crowd rush to the area under the roof of the pavilion. It was absolute chaos and it got scary there for a few minutes, especially since hubby had gone to get a drink and I knew he was caught up in it somewhere. But he’s a big guy; he can take care of himself. :-) It was mostly me I was worried about! He managed to make it back to where I was but I think he had to manhandle his way through security, who was trying to hold the crowd back. The band just continued to rock out through it all while the thunder rumbled and the rain roared against the roof and the crowd went berserk. Perfect atmosphere. Good times, one of those moments you never forget.
So I’m hoping everyone stays healthy in the coming week and all goes according to plan. It’s been over a year since I’ve been to a concert and I’ve been going crazy for some live in-my-face rock. The guys (and gal) I’m seeing next Friday will definitely deliver, and I love ’em for it!
Well, he wished me happy birthday on Korn’s Modblast chat last year (WHY did I not get a screenshot? Because I was too busy hyperventilating, that’s why), so I feel I would be remiss in neglecting to wish Jonathan Davis of Korn a very happy 39th birthday today.
Although I’m sure he’ll never see this, and even if he did, he wouldn’t nearly pass out in starstruck bliss–if only!–I still felt the need to gush. He’s my idol, my muse, my favorite voice of all time. So few vocalists can sing like an angel one minute and roar like a demon the next. Even fewer can rip my heart to pieces and put it back together again all within the course of one song. I’m listening to him at this very moment, in fact, and basking in his sheer awesomeness.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet him twice, and while I couldn’t do much but gape either time, the collective thirty seconds of my life I’ve spent standing in his presence are thirty seconds I will never, ever forget. I hope I get to add a few more to them once Korn’s U.S. tour begins this year. (Yes, I’m a stalker, but I’m the fun kind. Promise.) ;)
So, Happy Birthday, Mr. Davis, and I hope it finds you happy, healthy… and of course, unrelentingly naughty!
Music is a huge inspiration to me. I couldn’t work without it. Not only do certain songs help me dig down deep when I need to write a particularly emotional scene, but my favorite way to unwind is to turn up my iPod and drown out the world. This is usually when my ideas come to me, sometimes a new storyline, sometimes a breakthrough for a current one.
I had a lot of fun writing Brian’s story because he likes my kind of music. So I thought I’d run down a list of tunes that either appear in his book, or inspired his character.
“Deep” by Nine Inch Nails — The video is playing when Candace goes to Brian for her first tattoo. The lyrics, along with the toxic dyes in the video… hotness.
“My Curse” by Killswitch Engage — One particular line in this song inspired a whole scene.
“This Love” by Pantera — Dark, ominous, angry, kind of scary. If you’re a metal fan in Texas, you have to love Pantera. It’s required.
“Freak on a Leash” by Korn — Song is about how Jonathan Davis feels in the music industry, but it’s also how Brian feels when he’s dealing with family issues. There’s also a scene at a Korn concert. Since they’re my favorite band, and inspire me on a whole other level, I had to give them a shout-out.
“Dead Memories” by Slipknot — I meant to include this in a scene in which Brian is reminiscing about a past girlfriend (Candace’s cousin), because it sums up his feelings about it quite well. I never put it in, but it still makes the cut here. Maybe I’ll edit it in later.
“Two Weeks” by All That Remains — Mainly because I really, really like it. And because the story happens over a course of roughly two weeks, and it’s a rollercoaster. This is the song that’s actually playing in the reminiscing scene mentioned above.
“Bliss” by Syntax — Because Candace likes it. She thinks it’s sexy. ;)
“Cuts You Up” by Static-X — He’s pretty cut up and pissed off about it when this is playing… “Oblivion” by Mastodon — Because sometimes I would hear a song and simply think, “He would love this.” “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring — Mainly for a fun, blowing-off steam scene I eventually deleted. It’s still a guilty pleasure! “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies — Another I never mentioned in the book, but makes me think of a certain face-off that occurs…
So, there’s a general idea of what my soundtrack was like for this book. I must say, I’m really having withdrawals after finishing it! I miss seeing it open on my desktop. I have no plans to write Brian and Evan’s sister’s story at the moment, but I might have to someday, just to revisit these characters.
It’s really scary how fast it flies by. My kids are 11 years apart, the youngest 7 months, and I find it hard to believe that by the time she’s her brother’s age, he’ll be grown and out of the house. Hopefully, anyway.
I went to YouTube the other day to hunt for this video. If you know me, whether personally or from Twitter or any forums I post on, then most likely you know I’m a Korn fanatic. I would talk about how much I love this band, but I wouldn’t be able to adequately express my devotion, and it would probably just come off as weird, anyway.
So I was watching this, and it slapped me right across the face that it was ten years ago. I remember that weekend of Woodstock ’99…no, I didn’t go, unfortunately (or fortunately, because I might have been brutalized in that crush). I taped Korn’s entire set. That tape is long gone, but bits and pieces can be found at YouTube. I’d give anything to have that tape. It was their most amazing performance ever. I’m pretty sure even the guys in the band say that. The crowd was insane and they fed off that energy. It was the height of their career. When Jonathan Davis screams “Arrrre you rrrready?” and the crowd goes freaking insane, I still get chills. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen them live (it’s in the mid-teens), how many times I’ve heard him bellow those words while I was out in the crowd, but I don’t think any of those times was quite as powerful as during that Woodstock set, which I watched from the safety of my living room.
They’ve lost two of the original members since then. I still love those guys dearly, but damn, how I miss what they used to be. Oh, well. There’s no going back, so here’s to the next decade, guys, and hoping it’ll be just as awesome as the last